Sport & Physical Activity Champion of the Year

Sofia Warner at the London 2012 Paralympic GamesJudging criteria

Over the past 12 months this individual has played a significant ambassadorial role within sport, dance or physical activity in the city of Brighton & Hove. Through their success in competition (either as an individual or as part of a team), or for their significant impact organising and deliver opportunities for others, they will have significantly raised the profile of sport or physical activity in the city and further afield.

This is a new award category for 2014.

Winner

Ben Sherratt, Sustrans: Ben broke a world record this summer as he sought to encourage young people to get on their bikes. Cycling off road, on a bike with a single gear, for 48 hours day and night, he broke the world record to record a huge distance total of 384.7miles. In so doing he inspired around 200 young people and their families from schools across the city to take to their bikes and join in the Bikestock 2014 challenge, on top of the thousands of young people he works with as a Sustrans Bike it Officer in local schools. Bike It Ben (as he is affectionally known) is never seen with out his bike and is a true champion for active travel and recreational cycling in the city.

Highly Commended:

Louize Richardson, Powerlifting: This year Louize became British Ladies Powerlifting champion under 72kg category and followed this up by with a bronze in the deadlift at the World IPF Championships in South Africa, all achieved after only 2 years participating in the sport.

Ann Blackburn, Amaze:  Ann is recognised for her work to develop the sport and leisure activities for young people with significant disabilities or special educational needs, through the Compass Card initiative. Through her work Ann has championed increased sports opportunities for young people, leading to increased confidence and participation amongst these young people.